WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, November 1, 2011

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For he will hide me in his shelterin the day of trouble;he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;he will set me high on a rock. Psalms 27:5 

* World Evangelical Alliance is a global ministry working with local churches around the world to join in common concern to live and proclaim the Good News of Jesus in their communities. God is glorified and the nations of the earth are forever transformed.

The purpose of the WEA Religious Liberty Prayer Release is to keep you informed and mobilized in prayer and intercession for the needs of justice and religious liberty in the Church around the globe, so that we can stand together for the work of the Kingdom and the healing of the Nations. The Prayer Release is comprised on the basis of different credible Christian based resources.

Christian civilians targeted in BURMA[1]

Compass Direct News Service reports that on October 16th about 150 soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion 438 from the Burmese military had stormed Nam San Yang village in Kachin state Burma, which borders China. The report stated that they fired at a Church, detained a priest along with four parishioners and burnt church property. Ethnic Kachins – like six other ethnic minorities who live along the country’s borders with China, Thailand and India – have had armed and unarmed groups fighting for independence or autonomy from successive military-led regimes for decades. But the recent attack on Christians and church buildings by Burmese soldiers in Kachin state showed that targeting of Christians in specific is not unusual in Burma’s conflict zones. A Kachin editor said that the Kachin conflict might soon expand to the whole ethnic region and when that happens the suffering of civilians, including Christians, will mount manifold.

Prayer points:
-  Pray for God’s protection over Christians and churches in Kachin state.
-  Pray that the Kachin conflict would not expand to the rest of the ethnic regions.
-  Pray for peace and religious tolerance in Burma.
Christian student fellowship banned in INNER MONGOLIA[2]

The Voice of the Martyrs Canada (VOM) reports that in September this year Chinese police and government officials banned the Christian student fellowship group “Mengfu (Blessed) Fellowship” in Inner Mongolia, China (an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China, located in the northern region of the country). It is said to have been carried out on the basis of "illegal evangelism". The fellowship was shut down and its leader was taken in to administrative detention for 15 days. The report describes the incident as part of China's ongoing persecution of house churches and Christian groups that meet outside government-approved churches.

Prayer points:
-  Pray for restoration of the activities of Mengfu Fellowship.
-  Pray for revival among young people in China.
- Pray for house churches and Christian groups that face persecution in the country.  

Religious freedom takes further beating in MALDIVES[3]

The Research and Analysis Report of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) from October 25th, which most of you have probably reviewed, gives us a detailed analysis of the current situation of further restrictions of religious freedom in the Maldives. An archipelago of 1,190 islands in the Indian Ocean, the country recently enforced new regulations under the Protection of Religious Unity Act of 1994, which put harsh restrictions on the freedom of religion and expression of both Maldivian citizens and expats. The Protection of Religious Unity Act of 1994 seeks to unify the practice and preaching of Islam and to restrict practice and expression of any religion other than Islam. The penalty for violating the rules is two to five years of imprisonment for Maldivians, and foreigners who violate it, “shall be handed over to the Department of Immigration and Emigration for deportation.” Showing the authorities’ resolve to enforce the law, police in Raa Atoll this month detained and deported a 30 year-old school teacher from India for possessing a Bible. The report states that one of the objectives behind the new regulations is to frustrate the calls for religious freedom by the international community.

Prayer points:
-  Pray for the Christian minority in the Maldives, a nation claiming to be 100 percent Muslim.
-  Pray for proper attention and consideration on part of the International community towards the situation in the Maldives.  

ü  Additional prayer items are available at the WEA website, http://www.worldevangelicals.org/pray/ .

ü  Please continue to pray for the preparations of International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church 2011 (IDOP 2011). Visit www.idop.org for more information.

[1] Source: Compass Direct News Service, available at: http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/burma/article_122432.html

[2] Source: Voice of the martyrs Canada, available at: http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#4

[3]WEA Research and Analysis Report, available at: